The paint competition will be a part of Art Jam on Saturday August 26 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM. These three participants will be given a theme and one hour to paint. Come and see the excitement behind this event. At the end it will be up to the audience to vote our winner!
Kylee is an award-winning artist and currently enrolled in Vancouver Island University (VIU) to pursue a Bachelor of Visual Arts. She is on the Dean’s List and will graduate in 2024. She launched her own business, Mildly Mad Graphics, in 2019 and works in a variety of mediums including:
•Paint including oil, acrylic & watercolours on canvas
•Charcoal & pencil
Kylee earned her first paid commission as an artist at the age of 13, painting three unique mixed-media works which were auctioned off to raise funds for Surrey Urban Mission Society. In elementary school, Kylee was one of the winners in a Street Banner Design Program in two consecutive years, displaying her work in Nanaimo’s Arts District. At the age of 18 she created a new logo for the Surrey Firefighters Pipes and Drums and won a competition to design a logo for a Dry Grad. She was also selected to showcase her art at the Port Theatre on muliple occasions. While in University, she has been chosen to display her work at the Malaspina Theatre, and her
sculpture was selected to be displayed in The View Gallery in Nanaimo (100 & 200 Level Exhibition). Kylee’s digital artwork was also featured as part of TIRF’s release of a new fact sheet, The Impact of Road Crashes on First Responders, from TIRF’s Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving. This piece, entitled The Road, depicts her post- crash journey with PTSD.
Her most recent series work focuses on incorporating A.I. generated images created from word prompts as inspiration to create unique compositions in oil paint. The pieces are vivid with bright colours and are almost completely abstract with few recognizable elements.
Sydney Van Alstyne
If you’ve had the chance to encounter Sydney Van Alstyne, either herself or her work, you’ll remember her by the vast multimedia skillset and vibrant subject matter. Sydney is motivated to create works that are familiar to everyone and open for interpretation. Mainly, her works reflect what is fun and colorful to Sydney’s perspective of the world. In her maturing years, Sydney is pursuing her passion at Vancouver Island University to obtain a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in the Visual Arts. After the completion of her studies, her creative passion will be devoted towards commencing her place in the art communities of Vancouver Island.
Seeking to understand her place in the world, emerging artist Grace Comeau works in both 2D and 3D media as she explores the importance of the different relationships in her life.
Grace considers each piece she creates to be extensions of herself. Her works are often personal,
and commonly range from ceramic sculptures to mixed media drawings. Grace's experience in
both assisting and teaching a variety of art programs continues to allow for her to both share, and
grow her skills here on Vancouver Island. Grace’s love of connecting with others and sharing
knowledge through art can be seen through her casual work at Nanaimo Art Gallery. Since her
recent completion of a BFA major in Visual Arts from Vancouver Island University, Grace has
approached her artmaking as a form of play. Enjoying the process of creating, she continues to
put what she considers to be a “silliness” in her work to ensure it always stays connected to her